Rufty-Holmes Senior Center
November 2014 Events Newsletter
Veterans Appreciation Brunch
Friday, November 7 at 9:00am.
Sponsored by Debbie Suggs Catering for local military
veterans in appreciation of their service to our nation.
Enjoy a hearty brunch followed by a short, lighthearted
presentation given by Colonel Grey Madinger, USMC (Retired).
Colonel Madinger has some interesting stories from his
detail with the Presidential Marine One Helicopter Squadron.
Grey had the privilege of flying two Presidents and some
famous news reporters during his time with Marine One.
There is no charge for the brunch to those veterans who make
reservations by calling the Front Desk at 704-216-7714 by
Tuesday, November 4.
Friday, November 14 from 10:00am - 2:00pm.
Come shop for your Christmas gift items, home-made baked
goods, and specialty crafts at our holiday bazaar. Free
admission. Snacks and a hot dog lunch will be available.
Members wishing to have exhibit space should inquire at the
Front Desk or call 704-216-7714 for more information.
Bus Trip - Cookies, Candy & Wine
Wednesday, November 19. Motor coach leaves Rufty-Holmes Senior Center at 9:00am for
Mrs. Hanes' Moravian Cookie Factory in Clemmons where we
will observe a short baking, rolling, and packing
demonstration for Mrs. Hanes' famous hand-made cookies. Next
stop will be at K & W Cafeteria for a Dutch treat lunch. On
the way back we will stop at the beautiful Weathervane
Winery for a tour and wine tasting party. After that we'll
step back in time into an old fashioned candy store at the
Lexington Candy Factory. We will arrive back at Rufty-Holmes
Senior Center around 6:00pm.
Cost is $35 per person which includes motor coach
transportation, cookie factory and winery tour. Interested
older adults need to pre-pay at the Senior Center in order
to reserve a seat on the bus. Reservations are first-come,
first-served, and you can pick your seat assignment at the
time of purchase. You must be a member of the Center to
purchase a ticket. If it is more convenient, you can also
pay by credit card now as well as with cash or check.
Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, November 5 at 3 p.m.
A seated waiting line will be provided in Addie Rhem Morris
Room B beginning at around 1:00 p.m. for those who arrive
early. Bus trips are sponsored by MedExpress Pharmacy of
Pre-Retirement Seminar - "Legal Issues":
Monday, November 10 at 7:00pm. The
fourth in our series of fall seminars for those considering
retirement in the near future. "Legal Issues for Retirees"
will be presented by Shazia Keller with NC Legal Aid. The
Pre-Retirement Seminar Series is sponsored by Rufty-Holmes
Senior Center and the Rowan County Chamber of Commerce for
any interested adult. There is no charge to attend, but
registration is requested by calling 704-216-7714.
Tuesday morning, November 18 by appointment.
Held in association with the Alzheimer's Foundation National
Memory Screening Day. Come out and receive a free
confidential memory screening which can help determine any
need for a follow-up examination by a physician. Allay your
fears, or confirm your need for professional intervention.
Screenings conducted by local RNs. Free and open to any
interested older adult. Call 704-216-7714 for an appointment
Guitar Classes - Three new classes begin Monday, November 3.
Absolute Beginner Guitar will meet at
Beginner Guitar at 2:45pm, and
Intermediate Guitar at 4:00pm. Learn or
re-learn to play the guitar with instructor Bob Wingate.
Bring your own guitar. The cost for either eight-week course
is $35 payable to the instructor on the first day of class.
New members should bring a $5 material fee. For questions
call Bob at 704-636-9395. To register call 704-216-7714.
Handmade Holiday Cards
-Tuesday, November 4 at 2:00pm. Complete six handmade
holiday cards in one two-hour workshop session. All supplies
will be provided. Cost is $13 per person payable upon
arrival. Instructor is Daphne Houghton. Advance registration
is required by calling the Center at 704-216-7714.
Mind Aerobics Art Class - An introduction
to mass drawing, pastels and sculpture is explained and
demonstrated by professional artist Robert Toth. Explore the
novelty that keeps the brain alive through the inspiration
that art can give you. Monday afternoons from 2-4pm. $10 per
session payable to the instructor.
Watercolor Workshops - Monday evenings at 7:00pm with Frank Saunders. Receive
individual guidance and benefit from group instruction as
you work on your own watercolor projects. $12 fee per
session payable to the instructor. Pre-registration is not
Wreath Making Classes - Fall
or Thanksgiving Wreath - Tuesday, November 4
Winter or Christmas Wreath
- Tuesday, December 2 from 6:00-8:30pm. Learn to make a
deco-mesh wreath with Instructor Harry Hinson. Harry has
been involved in floral design, event planning and wedding
planning for over twenty years. You will take home your own
wreath for your wall or door. All supplies will be provided
to create either a basic or deluxe wreath. Please register
by Thursday, October 30 for the November class, or by
Tuesday, November 25 for the December class, by calling
704-216-7714. Basic wreath kit will cost $45. Deluxe wreath
kit will cost $30 Payment is due to the instructor at the
beginning of class.
New Computer Classes
Register at the Front Desk. Payment for computer classes is
requested prior to the first day of class. Participants must
be members of Rufty-Holmes Senior Center. A minimum of four
people is necessary to hold a computer class.
iPad on Thursday, November 6 from 5:00-8:00pm or
Android-style (Samsung, Acer, Toshiba, etc.) on Tuesday,
November 18. If you have a tablet, then this is for you.
Come learn how to use your tablet. (Bring your tablet.) You
will need to know your passwords for getting logged on to
your tablet, as well as the account information for the app
store applicable for your device. The fee is $10 for either
Buying and Selling Online: Wednesday-Thursday, November 12-13 from 1-4pm
will explore various sites for both buying and selling, as
well as set up accounts which will allow you to do business
on the Internet. You will need to know checking/credit card
information in order to establish accounts. The fee for this
class is $20.
Thursday-Friday, November 20-21 from 2:00-4:00pm. Come put
together a holiday newsletter using Microsoft Word to send
out to all your family and friends. Fill in everyone on what
you have done in 2014 and what you are looking forward to in
2015. (You should be comfortable using a computer for this
class.)The fee is $10.
Movie of the Month
Wednesday, November 19 at 2:00pm. Sponsored by
Victory Wealth Management for interested older adults. Come
out and enjoy "Parkland," the story of the hospital-based
aftermath of the Kennedy assassination, with Zac Efron &
Billy Bob Thornton, rated PG-13, on our big screen, complete
with popcorn and drinks. Free. (Motion picture license #
Women's Health & Fitness Club Meeting
Wednesday, November 5 at 2:00pm.
Angela Hendrix, Fitness Trainer, will be sharing
information, demonstrations and guiding you through some
gentler moves found in PiYo. PiYo is a fun, challenging
class fusing Pilates and Yoga. You will learn how to burn
calories, tone muscles, work on balance and get a great
stretch. Come and learn some exciting new exercise moves to
work your core. Open to all women 55 and older. The program
is sponsored by Rufty-Holmes Senior Center and Novant
Health, and is open to interested women age fifty-five or
Men's Health & Fitness Club Meeting
Wednesday, November 12 at 2:00 pm at Harris Teeter.
Come and join Valerie Velte, RN Corporate & Community
Wellness Nurse for Novant Health, as she leads you through
healthy choices to be found in the grocery store. Look for
Valarie in the produce area just inside the Harris Teeter
store on Jake Alexander Blvd. The Men's Health and Fitness
Club is open to all men 55 and older. This program is
co-sponsored by Novant Health and Rufty-Holmes Senior
Outdoor Adventure Club - Trip to Morrow Mountain
Friday, November 21. Meet at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center at 8:30am and car pool to
Morrow Mountain. There will two hikes offered, one moderate
and one advanced. This is not a trip for beginners. The
moderate level hike with Janet Rash will be a total of
approximately two miles on Laurel Trail. Laurel Trail has
some hills and drops. The hiking pace will be moderate
speed. The advanced hike with Elbert Klutz will be Laurel to
Sugarloaf Trail. It will be approximately four miles with
some very steep portions. The pace will be quick. Walking
sticks are recommended for both hikes, and participants will
need to have good balance as well as the ability to keep up
with the trail guide. Afterwards, the group will meet
together for a picnic lunch. There will be an option to view
the park's museum before or after lunch. Each hiker should
bring water, a bag lunch, and $3 to pay the car pool driver.
Directions to Morrow Mountain are available at the Center if
needed. Dress appropriately for the weather.
Participation is at your own risk. New participants will
need to sign a waiver form and information survey. To
register for this activity call the Front Desk at
704-216-7714. In case of inclement weather, call the Center,
as the outing may be postponed.
Wednesday, November 12 at 8:00am. We
meet at the Senior Center and walk to BoJangles on East
Innes Street for breakfast. After breakfast we'll continue
down Arlington Street to Old Concord Road, on to MLK, Jr.
Avenue and back to the Center. The total round trip distance
is 2.5 miles. Participants who wish to walk should sign up
at the Front Desk or call 704-216-7714. In case of inclement
weather, the walk will take place at the West End Plaza (the
former Salisbury Mall.)
Exercise Program Opportunitiese
One may join one of our on-going senior exercise classes
after screening and consultation with the Fitness Staff. A
variety of offerings are available at different levels, and
Zumba, Senior-Lite Jazzercise, Coed Fitness, SilverSneakers Classic,
Strength-ercise, Cardio Strength Training, Tai Chi, and
Chair Yoga, as well as arthritis water exercise and
cardiovascular water exercise classes. Strength and aerobic
fitness equipment is also available for use,
with trained staff accessible to provide an orientation and
instruction. Inquire at the Front Desk for more information
or call 704-216-7714.
Blood Pressure Screenings
Wednesday, November 5 from 9:30-10:30am. Free blood
pressure readings and consultation for interested older
adults. Provided by retired Geriatric & Adult Nurse
Practitioner Gail Kimball.
blood pressure kiosk is also available for use in the
Fitness Annex anytime during normal operating hours,
sponsored by Novant Health Rowan Medical Center.
Twenty-minute sessions are available at Rufty-Holmes
Senior Center on Friday afternoons by appointment
with Travis Alligood, LMBT. Cost is $12 per
session. To schedule an appointment call
Meetings This Monthtober Club
TOPS Chapter - Each Monday at 9:30am
Club - Each Tuesday at 8:30am except Nov 11
Rufty Holmes Lady Liners - Each Tuesday at 10:00am
except Nov 11
Creative Needles Group - Each Wednesday at 9:30am
Overeaters Anonymous - Each Thursday at 6:30pm
(except Nov 27)
R-H Computer Club - Each Thursday at 10:00am (except
Woodcarvers Group - Each Thursday at 1:30pm (except
Evergreen Bridge Club - Each Friday at 1:00pm
(except Nov 28)
Golf Association of Rowan Seniors - Monday, November
3 at 8:30am
Ambassadors Club - Monday, November 3 at noon
Seniors Morning Out - Thursday, November 6 at
AARP Chapter - Thursday, November 6 at 1:00pm
Busy Bees Crafts Club - Friday, November 7 at 9:30am
Military Officers Association of America Chapter -
Monday, November 10 at noon
Rufty-Holmes Garden Club - Monday, November 10 at
Better Breathing Club - Wednesday, November 12 at
Seniors Without Partners - Thursday, November 13 at
Starry Night Quilters - Thursday, November 13 at
Southside Extension Homemakers - Monday, November 17
Rowan Doll Society - Tuesday, November 18 at noon
Salisbury-Rowan Retired School Personnel Assoc -
Wednesday, Nov 19 at 10:30am
Salisbury-Rowan Quilters Guild Meeting - Thursday,
November 20 at 1:00pm
Carolina Artists - Thursday, November 20 at 7:00pm
Ole Rowan Fiber Guild - Monday, November 24 at
Rufty-Holmes Senior Center offers six locations
throughout Rowan County for adults age 60 and older
to gather for lunch, fellowship and educational
programs Monday thru Friday. Principally funded by
federal, state and local aging grants, there is no
charge to participate, but donations are encouraged
and accepted. For more information, call
"Are You Okay?" Service
Sign up for free daily automated telephone safety
checks through the Center by calling 704-216-7704.
Monthly Grief Support Group
Wednesday, November 5 at 9:00am.
Grief support group sessions provide opportunities
for people who have experienced the death of a loved
one to meet others who are experiencing similar
losses. Members come together to normalize and
validate their experiences of grief, to find
strength and coping skills, and to eventually regain
a sense of hope. The grief group is facilitated by
Susanna Lund, MS, LPC, ATR-BC, and is sponsored by
Rowan Hospice & Palliative CARE. Pre-registration
is not required.
Assistance with Hearing Needs
For individuals who are hard of hearing and need
assistance with hearing devices or telephone
communication. Sponsored by the NC Division of
Services for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing. Call
to get a time for an appointment at Rufty-Holmes by
Several times a year an attorney with Legal Aid of
North Carolina, Inc. will be available to meet with
interested persons at the Center by appointment to
provide assistance in non-criminal matters (family
law, public assistance, housing, consumer
protection, etc). The service is free to low-income
adults age 60 or older, provided with regional funds
from the Area Agency on Aging. For information, and
to schedule an appointment,
call the NC Legal Aide office at 1-877-579-7562
and identify yourself as an older adult residing in
The Rowan County Veterans Service Office is located
at Rufty-Holmes Senior Center. Service Officers
Elaine Howle and Rick Johnson are available to meet
with Rowan County veterans to assist them in
applying and receiving all VA benefits to which they
are legally entitled.
For an appointment, call 704-216-8138 (Elaine Howle)
or 704-216-8139 (Rick Johnson).
Appointments for Ombudsman Assistance
Patricia Garner Cowan, CIRS-A, Regional Long Term Care
Ombudsman from Centralina Area Agency on Aging, will
be available on the third Wednesday of each month
from 9:00am-12:00 noon to answer individual
questions related to long term care. Call Rufty-Holmes
Senior Center at 704-216-7714 to set up an
Rowan County residents age 62 and older can obtain
passes to attend home Rowan-Salisbury Schools
athletic, musical and drama events free of charge.
These can be obtained at the Front Desk at the
Center with a photo ID. Get yours now for fall
Insurance Information Program Assistance
Rufty-Holmes Senior Center is the Rowan County
location for the Seniors' Health Insurance
Information Program (SHIIP) operated by the NC
Department of Insurance. Staff and trained
counselors are available to assist individuals and
families with impartial information on Medicare
supplemental and prescription drug plans by
appointment. Call 704-216-7700 for more information.
General Information & Assistance
Staff members are available to assist individuals
and families with general information and assistance
in utilizing various community services available to
older adults. If you have a need, call the Senior
Help Line at 704-216-7700.
This 'n That
Enjoy BELTONE BINGO every Tuesday from 1-3pm for
SENIOR GAMES SHUFFLEBOARD practice will be held on
Friday, November 21 from 8:30am-11:30am.
Enjoy CARD & GAME DAY Thursdays from 1-4pm. Free
with refreshments as provided by Liberty Commons.
BROADCAST BINGO is available for Rowan County adults
age 60 and older. Win prizes by listening daily to
"Senior Moments" on Memories 1280 Radio. Call
704-216-7707 to enroll and for more information.
"SENIOR MOMENTS" are aired daily Monday - Friday
at 6:25am & 10:25am on Memories 1280 WSAT Radio.
Tuesday, November 4 is Election Day. Be informed and
go vote! A sample ballot is on display at the
RUFTY-HOLMES SENIOR CENTER AND ALL LUNCH CLUB SITES
WILL BE CLOSED ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 11 FOR THE
VETERANS' DAY HOLIDAY.
Enjoy the HOLIDAY CARAVAN PARADE on Wednesday,
November 26, starting in Spencer at 2:00pm, and
Salisbury at 3:00pm. The Center will close at 1:30pm
THE CENTER AND ALL LUNCH CLUB SITES WILL BE CLOSED
THURSDAY & FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27 & 28 FOR THE
NEED A RIDE TO THE SENIOR CENTER? THE CITY BUS NOW
SERVES THE SENIOR CENTER HOURLY (AT APPROXIMATELY 5
MINUTES PAST THE HOUR) MONDAY - FRIDAY ON ROUTE #
1. FOR INFORMATION CALL 704-638-5252. COUNTY
RESIDENTS CAN CALL FOR TRANSPORTATION ASSISTANCE AT
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